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Bold Speakers at the 12th Annual Emerald Cup

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For nearly a half-century, the world’s finest sun-grown cannabis has traced its roots to one of the numerous farms in Northern California’s legendary Emerald Triangle. Over the past decade, the Emerald Cup has been the celebration of community and cannabis innovation in this crucial corner of the world. Last year’s two-day event was host to 15,000 cannabis enthusiasts who came together to share their passion for quality sun-grown products in a welcoming and uplifting environment. With an entire weekend packed full of extras like eclectic music, inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, over two hundred great vendors and a large outdoor medicating section available to all California medical marijuana patients, the 2015 Emerald Cup stands poised to be the most successful and enjoyable cannabis event to date.

The impressive slate of speakers at this year’s Cup includes NFL athletes, medical doctors, elected officials, authors, cultivators, activists, researchers and more. Attendees on Sunday will be treated to keynote speaker Kyle Turley. After a lengthy addiction to prescription medication as a result of injuries sustained during his NFL playing career, the first-round draft pick and two-time All-Pro offensive tackle made the informed decision to rid himself of synthetic medications and commit to treating all of his ailments through Cannabis. Discovering a new world of relief far beyond what the pharmaceutical world had to offer, Turley became a founding partner of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a group dedicated to sharing the incredible natural healing elements of the cannabis plant. Turley and his group are shining a much-needed spotlight on the multiple ailments and diseases currently void of non-addictive treatments or cures that can be treated in a safe and effective way with cannabis.

Another standout speaker from this impressive slate is Weedmaps Medical Director, Dr. Bonni Goldstein. A Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at USC School of Medicine in Los Angeles, Emergency Transport Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Emergency Medicine Attending Physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Dr. Goldstein is a highly-respected leader of the medical profession. In 2008, Dr. Goldstein developed a serious interest in the science of medical cannabis after witnessing its beneficial effects in an ill friend. Since then she has channeled her passion and devoted her career to educating patients about the use of cannabis for serious and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Goldstein will be sharing her wisdom on Saturday from 4:00PM – 5:15PM at the panel discussion: Exploring the Endocannabinoid System.

As one of the Emerald Cup’s largest supporters, the Weedmaps Team will be front and center at this year’s exciting event to mingle with our friends and sample some of California’s finest sun-grown goodies.
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